Geog 4103/5103

Introduction to

Geographic Information Science

Spring 2019

Instructor Syllabus

Lecture Handouts







Instructor:    Dr. Barbara P. Buttenfield

Lectures: T Th  12:30 - 1:50  GUGG 205
Labs: Tues 3:30- 6:20   KESDA Lab (GUGG 6)

        Wed 11-1:50   KESDA Lab (GUGG 6)


You'll learn how to use geographic information systems technology to analyze geospatial data. Geographic information varies across space, time and scale, and GIS methods will help you to understand these variations, to map spatial patterns, to detect temporal changes, and to do environmental modeling with data at multiple scales.

The course is intended for students who want a technical introduction to GISystems and GIScience. You’ll import spatial data into a GIS database, organize data to detect and analyze spatial patterns, and gain basic skills for GIS query and map overlay. Lectures will introduce the conceptual and computational basis for GIScience. Lab exercises will give you lots of hands-on experience with GIS methods and data.

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GIS Process

Roadsalt Data sets

Sinton Practice Sheet

Graduate Presentations for Readings Discussions (click to see instructions)


Readings Discussion 1 - Scale and Resolution

Readings Discussion 2 GIS Applications

Natural Science

Social Science

Readings Discussion 3 - Uncertainty
Readings Discussion 4 - Geoslavery


(after each presentation, powerpoints will be added here on the website)

Last updated: 28 April 2019